Friday, March 7, 2008

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Well, here it is...the Ultimate Blog Party!!!! I am soooooooo excited!!! I hope that you have found me through the party and that you will enjoy my blog!

As you can see, the party animals are already getting stuff ready and will be starting serving soon.

Here is one of them getting the final preparations done....humm I wonder what they are up to???


Ok, I think he has had a bit tooooooo much pre-party!!! Oh well......I guess that is why they call them party animals!!! :)

I would like to introduce myself...my name is Debi and I am mother to 5 teenagers!! They really keep my life busy and always interesting! They range in age from 17 - 13 and the oldest is graduating from high school this year!! 3 girls and 2 boys!! Once we get through the hormones and attitudes, they are really great kids!!!

I am married to a wonderful man who is in the Coast Guard. We have been married for 5 years and are still on our honeymoon! We totally love each other and are kinda mushy all the time. We are moving to Alexandria Virginia in about 3 months and looking forward to an adventure!

We also have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I drive a mini van and for the move will have 3 kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats in my van...I love an adventure!!! Moving cross county is always an exciting adventure. I will do my best to keep up the blog during the move.

I got o school part time to get my psychology/teaching degree. I would love to work with kids and teaching and counseling is the best way to do it. I also work part time at a fabric store and love it.

My hobbies are sewing, crafting, knitting and embroidery. I love to have a creative outlet and it is my therapy and my happy place.

The Blog Party is giving away some great prizes! I have picked a few that I would LOVE to win...

#39 - a $20 Gift Certificate from the Organized Knitting Club
#67 - a Blog Makeover from Shauna

Be sure to check them out as well! Even if you don't have a blog, YOU can win a prize for FREE!! Everyone loves something for FREE!! Be sure to go to the Blog Party page and follow their directions to get your prize. Speaking of prizes....I am giving away a prize on the prize page AND I am giving away a surprize to one of the readers of my blog this week during the party!! All you have to do to win my surprize is to leave a comment to this post and let me know what you think!! I love feedback!! Sounds easy, right??? Then, when the blog party is over, I will pick one of the comments and that person will get a really nice prize from me personally!!!! The prize here will be a Joann Fabrics Gift Card, $15.00. Think of all the cool things you can get with that!! :)

Please be sure to click on the link above to get back to the blog party and enjoy your partying. I would appreciate you leaving a comment to my blog and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by again so we can become better friends!!

Hugs,
Debi :)

52 comments:

hljourney said...

Checking out some blogs from the Ultimate Blog Party!!! I just love the first pic with all the cats... looks like you're having a blast - LOL - JK; I see you only have (what was it) two cats??? I have one cat and two dogs. A mother of FIVE teenagers - God bless you! I have one teen and one elementary student - both boys! I look forward to partying with you and other Blogging Moms! Stop on over!

God Bless, HL

Katrin said...

Sure looks like you have your hands full! I do LOVE the pictures. Those pets are having a ball in your home!!!

Jennifer said...

Hi! Just blog hopping, still partying!! I love getting to see all the great blogs out there!! I love your pictures w/the Party animals,LOL!!
Thanks for having me!!

danandmarsh said...

You have a nice blog! You husbands in the coast guard, bet that's an adventurous job for him!! My hubby's in the National Guard, 24 years. I love the cats at the frig!! I only have on, and he's like and 8 and like a dog!! Sits at the door and meows when he wants to go out, scratches at the door when he wants in!!

michelle said...

Loved the pictures of the "party animals." Too funny! I too am a morning person and find myself shutting down right around supper time. I haven't really met anyone else like that before. Everyone I know is able to stay up past 8:30pm and doesn't understand the joys of being awake at 5am.

It was great reading through your party. I would love to be entered in your door prize drawing.

Michelle
www.northofthe49.com
michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Michie said...

Those are some cute party animals! Good luck with your teaching degree - I just finished my Master's in Special Ed myself. :)

Kim said...

I have a 13yo myself. I can't imagine having as many teens as you! Of course I also have a toddler so when my oldest is a senior my youngest will just be starting kindergarten. So I have a whole different kind of craziness going on here!

I would love to win your door prize. I make infrequent attempts at being crafty. ;)

Kim @ TheBitterball

Suz said...

I just stumbled across your blog. Love the animal pics!

Kacey said...

Isn't this a fun party? Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I have 5 boys, so we have that in common. Only 2 cats though. I do enjoying knitting though too.

Happy Ultimate Blog Party!

KarenW said...

I grew up as a Navy brat. Moving is not new to me! Love the pics of your pets. Enjoy the party!

EclecticGypsy said...

Thanks for the party. If you get the chance stop by and party with me. You are welcome to bring the Kitties too. My kitty Patches loves having company. I will break out the tuna for them ~Brenda~

Kimbrah said...

I am just getting into crocheting and knitting. I am totally in love with the Karabella Aurora 8 yarn. It feels like heaven when you are working with it!

Thank you so much for hosting so many lovely prizes for us crafty type folk! You are such a gracious hostess. It was a pleasure to meet you! :)

erika~ the inspired mama said...

great pics!! :D i am a knitter too! i will have to stop by to visit more often~

Phyl said...

Wow~ I am in awe...that move is gonna be something...lol. Great Blog. I am adding you to my RSS Feed!

I am having a Birthday-Blog-Bag-Give-A-Way! Come by my blog for a chance to win a handmade handbag.
http://scrappynhappy.blogspot.com/2008/03/birthday-blog-bag-give-way.html

I found you via the Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom:).

Thanx for having me!
Phyllis
scrappynhappyATgmailDOTcom

Kimbrah said...

I'm in the Central Valley, but we get up north sometimes because I have family in Oakdale/Turlock area, Orangevale area, and Chico. We try to go at least once a year, but it's been a long time since we made the trip. I guess we're overdue for a long road trip with three boys under the age of 5. Sound like fun or what!? :)

Danielle said...

All teenagers?!?! God bless you! You must be a saint!! LOL!
Love the site! And The party dogs!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Knitting Mania said...

Debi, thanks so much for stopping by, this blog party event is amazing, I didn't join in this time, but I've had so much traffic because of it.

Well...it's always nice to meet a fellow knitter...isn't it the most relaxing art to do? I've noticed on your side bar that you have knitting blogs I haven't visited before, I'll be checking them out.

I just loved one of your sidebar buttons, the 'Knitting all day' one, can I grab that and place it on my sidebar? I truly do knit everyday...I wanted to ask permission first, I'm so new at all this blogging stuff. ;)

Enjoy your party and happy blogging...

meshell said...

I always love finding other crafty mamas, especially knitting mamas! I love all your links too!

natalie said...

thanks for stopping by my party!!
i saw you are moving to alexandria! old town is lots of fun with tons of yummy restaurants! (chart house is delish and if you get a nice water view table, makes for a cozy, romantic night!)
good luck with your degree! i studied psychology as well, with hopes to go to graduate school for education and counseling...but i'm a procrastinator and my goal of "taking one year off" has turned into 5 years... go figure! :)

NateAndJakesMom said...

Just party hopping! Looking forward to looking around. If you have a chance, stop by my blog for my giveaway too!
Click HERE!

I practically live at Joann's. My husband would love me to win this!

Storm said...

Nice to meet you. Happy blogging! Cute pics of the animals.

Jay said...

wow I was just surfing the blog and came acrossed your .. you ery busy with all the kids .. I am toddler teacher.. I enjoyed reading your page

~Denise~ said...
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~Denise~ said...

Howdy! Love your blog!! I'm a fellow Disney lover myself!!

PattyAnne's Place said...

Hi Debi,

I LOVE your blog. The photos are hilarious.

My hub is also my best buddy. We've been married...omg...it will be 34 years this summer (am I THAT old?) and I still like old baldy. ;)

I also like sewing, scrapbooking and I'm beginning to learn to knit!! What fun!

Well, gotta run... I've got more partying to do!

xoxoxo
PattyAnne

naida said...

hi craftymom, very nice blog :)
fun party post, those party animals are cute!

nice knits as well. I linked you to my blog.

http://yarnchick.blogspot.com/2008/03/party-time.html

Misty said...

i'm so glad you stopped by my blog! we have several factors in common besides knitting (and sewing, but i don't know how ot do that well, but want to learn): namely csi/crime dramas and peanut m&ms!! :) i LOVED your party animal pictures! those were brilliant!! your house is more of a zoo than mine is.. i don't know how you do it!!

Debbie Yost said...

Thanks for coming to my party! I am the third of 5 kids, 3 girls 2 boys. I loved growing up in a big family. I love to sew, too, but I can't knit. I can crochet and I've tried to teach myself to knit, but it doesn't turn out very good. I hold the yarn too tight. I've heard that can be a problem for people who crochet.

Have a great party!

Niki said...

hi there. i blogged about you cuz you are one of my choices for prizes . hugs!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

thanks for visiting my party. :)
i'm glad i stopped by and got to know a bit about you. LOL at the pet pictures. too cute. and wow - 5 teenagers. bet that keeps life interesting. :)

sarah bean said...

Hi Debi, sounds like fun times at your house! Glad I found you, because I love a good vicarious adventure :D Happy party week :)

suzzcq70 said...

Anothher crafty girl here . . . visiting from the UBP! Can't wait to read more of your blog!

paula h said...

Good luck with your move. We moved cross country several years ago from Washington State to Va. We had two kids under the age of 2 and no pets.

At Home Mom said...

I found your site through the blog party. We were a navy family who moved to northern Virginia in 1991 -- and have stayed ever since -- we really enjoy the area and hope you do too!

There's plenty of JoAnn Fabrics in the area so you'll be right at home ... G-Street fabrics is another local fabric store you'll just have to check out if you really love crafts/sewing.

Enjoy the party! Lorie

Happy Panda said...

5 teenagers! You are super woman. LOL - Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great time party hopping. Good luck in the prize drawing.

Julie D said...

My brother went to the Coast Guard academy and served for a while. :) Wow! 5 teenagers at one time.....

Candi said...

Hi, Debi!! We lived in Alexandria, VA for two years. We still live in the area, but moved from Alexandria when we purchased our first home one year ago. I LOVE Alexandria....my husband actually works there.

Where are you moving from?? When we first moved into the area (actually to MD when hubby was in the Army) we drove from CA!! However, it was only us and our cat. I was 5 months pregnant with our fist son!!

Hope to get to know you better. If you have any questions about Alexandria, I'll do my best to answer them!!

Bonggamom said...

I'm partying my way through the blogosphere and I love your party photos! I'm amazed that you have 5 teenagers, I have twin boys and I'm cringing at the thought of managing them when they hit their teens! Hope you can stop on over at my party as well...

Amanda said...

Hello from Alabama. My name is Mandy and I am mom to a 14 year old boy and almost 3 year old girl. Sorry, I haven't got a blog up and going yet, just lurking and seeing what it's all about. Don't like to feel as though I am spying on people though, so I pop in and let myself be seen. So HI! Nice to meet you.
Wow, so many teenagers! God Bless you for having the patience and strength to handle that. I am having a tough time with the 14 yo boy. I can't wait until my daughter becomes a teen. (can't you just hear the sarcasm there).

Ney_Strokes of Magic said...

Nice blog - found you through the party! I am a crafter myself, love to crochet and paint. (It is my happy place! -nice to know you get smiles from creating!)

Sprittibee said...

Pick me! :)

Happy rest of the blog party!

Lucy said...

Wow! 5 teenagers! I don't envy you. Good luck with the move. I just drove half way across the country in the fall, but I was by myself, so it wasn't so much of a an adventure. I'm sure your drive will be.

lucycontest at gmail.com
www.macyfron.com

Jennifer P said...

Adorable pets! I like all your crafty stuff--I really want to start sewing more, but with four little ones, I don't have much time!

The PearLady said...

Just wandering around the party posts...what adorable party animals you have here! (and perhaps a bit precocious, judging from the pictures - LOL). Happy Ultimate Blog Party! :)

judy said...

great prize I could buy yarn. Believe it or not I am finally learning to knit. judyb

sydney1948@msn.com

jbubolz-miller said...

ARent animals fun!! Id offer you some apple crisp but the dog knocked it off the counter today- SIGH- a big mess and the second time to the bet this week!

Trista said...

:dance: Just danced by to say hey and join your party!!!!! Party on!!! :awesome:

sandyy456 said...

LOL Love the pics of the cats and dogs. We don't have any dogs here, but we do have four cats!

Terri H said...

Can't stay long today, but I'll be back.

jmahurin40 said...

hi ty 4 the party !! cute pictures!!

Kathleen said...

Hi! I'm a little late, but I stopped by because I too am a craft-lover, especially knitting. I love seeing what other people make, and I'll eventually get some of my stuff up on my blog to share. I'll check in again!

Mommy Brain said...

I'm still working my way through the list. Your party is so clever with the photos. Your family sounds great!